Medical Billing and Coding Online Program

Learn how the billing and coding process works in the healthcare field.

Medical Billing and Coding Online Program

Learn how the billing and coding process works in the healthcare field.

Earn your diploma in 11 months or degree in 18 months1

Study on your time, from home, while earning your diploma or degree in Ultimate Medical Academy's online Medical Billing and Coding diploma or associate degree program. Get the career training needed for an entry-level job in the field. Our 11-month1 diploma program offers a faster route toward completing your education by diving right into the core courses. In 18 months1, you can earn an associate degree that builds on the core courses of the diploma program with general education courses. If you have good organizational skills and enjoy focusing on billing details, you may be a good fit for this essential healthcare role, which involves understanding medical terminology and translating that to the proper billing codes. Start down a fast-growing career path that is projected to grow 16 percent through 20282.

What is medical billing and coding?

Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. People in these roles typically translate treatments, diagnoses, and medical procedures into ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS coding systems.

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Medical Billing and Coding Education

When you enroll as an online Medical Billing and Coding student at UMA, you’ll learn medical terminology, the insurance billing process, medical diagnostic codes, and more. Study on your schedule, while still balancing the rest of the responsibilities in your busy life. Best of all, you graduate prepared for an entry-level position in medical billing or coding.

Working in medical billing and coding

People working in this field are trained for entry-level employment in medical billing and coding roles that involve patient encounters, scheduling appointments, handling patient files and other medical office business procedures in physicians’ offices, hospitals, insurance companies and a variety of settings. Job titles include billing specialist, coder, medical biller and coder, medical insurance verifier, medical reviewer, records clerk, and more.

Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Our online degree and diploma programs help to prepare you to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered separate from the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Our student support team is ready to help you focus on exam-focused material and to support you in areas where you might need extra help, at no additional cost.

Typical Courses

UMA’s online Medical Billing and Coding associate degree program offers courses that give students the opportunity to gain industry competencies while enhancing their skillset in areas of learning. This is done with a combination of general education as well as field-specific courses also offered in our diploma program. UMA also offers a Medical Billing and Coding diploma program which can typically be completed in about 11 months1.

Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Diploma Program

Credits: 39 Approx. time to complete: 11 months1

Core Courses (39.0 Credits)

  • Diagnostic Coding for MBC 4.0 credits
  • Procedural Coding I for MBC 4.0 credits
  • Procedural Coding II for MBC 3.5 credits
  • Billing and Coding Application with Simulation 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Computers 2.5 credits
  • Introduction to Healthcare Communication 3.0 credits
  • Medical Terminology 4.0 credits
  • Medical Law, Ethics, and Records Management 4.0 credits
  • Healthcare Settings, Claim Cycle, and Claims Processing 4.0 credits
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4.0 credits
  • Student Success 1.0 credits
  • Career Success 2.0 credits

Associate Degree Program

Credits: 63 Approx. time to complete: 18 months1

Core Courses (39.0 Credits)

  • Diagnostic Coding for MBC 4.0 credits
  • Procedural Coding I for MBC 4.0 credits
  • Procedural Coding II for MBC 3.5 credits
  • Billing and Coding Application with Simulation 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Computers 2.5 credits
  • Introduction to Healthcare Communication 3.0 credits
  • Medical Terminology 4.0 credits
  • Medical Law, Ethics, and Records Management 4.0 credits
  • Healthcare Settings, Claim Cycle, and Claims Processing 4.0 credits
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4.0 credits
  • Student Success 1.0 credits
  • Career Success 2.0 credits

Additional Degree Requirements (9.0)

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Interpersonal Professional Communications
  • Working with People

General Education Course (15.0 Credits)

  • English Composition
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • College Math
  • General Biology
  • Sociology

Work Environments

Professionals in this field typically work in settings like:

  • Physicians' offices
  • Hospitals
  • Medical facilities
  • Healthcare companies
  • Insurance companies

What’s the job outlook in medical billing and coding?

Earning a degree in medical billing and coding could help you pursue entry-level roles relating to medical billing and coding, patient encounters, scheduling appointments, handling files, and other office procedures. The positions may include titles such as billing specialist, coder, medical biller and coder, medical insurance verifier, medical reviewer, records clerk, and more.

12.5 million
Projected open positions through 20283
Medical Billing and Coding Reported Salaries4

Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $26,180 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $36,580.

The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $53,230. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

$26,180
Bottom 10%
$36,580
Median Salary
$53,230
Top 10%

Why choose UMA?

When you pursue a degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:

  • You gain a strong foundation for pursuing your new career.
  • You have a UMA staff dedicated to your success.
  • You have a career services team committed to getting you interview-ready so you can jumpstart your search for a career.
  • You receive flexible online education5.

At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support team can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.

Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.

An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future.

Continuing Education After UMA

You don’t have to stop after you earn an associate degree. UMA maintains agreements with educational partners who share many elements of our mission. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study. You can find more information on UMA’s partner schools here.

What kind of financial aid options are available?

If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.

To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact (888) 212-5421.

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FAQs

  • What is medical billing and coding?

    Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. People in these roles typically translate treatments, diagnoses, and medical procedures into ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS coding systems.

  • Will I learn other skills in this program besides medical billing and coding?

    Yes. UMA’s medical billing and coding program also teaches medical billing and coding concepts, diagnostic coding, medical terminology and skills that may help you become a more well-rounded candidate for employment. Additionally, students gain an understanding of healthcare settings, medical law and ethics, claims processing, records management, and more.

  • Do I have to become certified or licensed to work in medical billing and coding?

    Generally, certification isn’t required for entry-level positions, but some employers may require it. In addition, it can help you stand out as a candidate. Our degree and diploma programs help to prepare you for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification. Our student support team is ready to help you focus on exam-focused material and to support you in areas where you might need extra help.

  • What’s it like to take medical billing and coding courses online?,

    Online courses at UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train for your career on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online academic support, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support, and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

  • What should I look for in top schools for medical billing and coding training?

    Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer medical billing and coding programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one academic support and academic assistance. At UMA, we believe that providing career assistance such as interview preparation and job search help are important support services for our students.

  • What’s the best online program for medical billing and coding?

    Of course, you’re looking for the best education — for you. So, we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, you could get the education needed to pursue an entry-level job in 18 months1! Call us at (888) 213-4473. UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help.

  • How much does a medical billing and coding professional make?

    Typically, entry-level positions for this career field tend to start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $26,180 annually. The median annual salary for someone in the medical billing and coding field is $36,580. The top 10 percent of earners in this field had an estimated annual wage greater than $53,230. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

    You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

  • How long does it take to get an associate degree in Medical Billing and Coding?

    Although completion times do vary by individual student, you could earn your Medical Billing and Coding associate degree in about 18 months.

  • Can you get an associate degree in medical billing and coding?

    UMA’s medical billing and coding career path offers options for earning a diploma as well as an associate degree. You can find more information about UMA’s medical billing and coding diploma program and associate degree program in our catalog. Or, just call us at (888) 213-4473. UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help.

  • Where can I find more info about medical billing and coding?

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